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originally posted by: MrSpad
A world war is a war that is fought across the world. Most of the time this was only possible because the nations doing the fighting had Empires that spanned the world. During the Cold War it would have also have been possible because the West and the Soviet had client states across the entire world. Now? None of that exists.
A World War is not war that many nations are involved in one place. For example. the war on ISIS is not world war anymore than the Boxer Rebellion was despite the fact all the worlds great powers were involved.
Right now the world is pretty one sided. In Central and South America the Rio Pact is a military alliance of 18 nations including the US, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Chile. In Europe NATO/EU places almost all nations in the Western camp. In Africa NATO and the African Union have formed close ties with series of cooperation agreements bringing almost all of Africa into the Western Camp. In the mid East the US has Israel, the GCC and the Arab League. In Asia the US has treaties with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea and also close ties with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Taiwan, and growing ties with Vietnam and Myanmar. The US/India/Japan have also formed and unofficial alliance to contain China. That is most of the Planet one side.
The you have China who has Pakistan and North Korea as allies but, has distanced themselves as of late. China has an interest in the South China sea and beyond that it has zero interest in even considering military action.
Then you have Russia who has Assad and sliver of Syria he controls, Iran sort of when they have common interest, Venezuela which in in complete collapse.
And that is it for global power bases. So a while a large regional war would be possible a World War is not.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows...